Anyhoo....I need all the help I can get to get Maverick out the door on time with minimal nagging and no rushing. So, I've found five ways to make things run as smooth as possible. Most of these are very simplistic and nothing new or revolutionary, it's just what has helped my family.
I need at least one cup of coffee to start my day, no matter what. And isn't the only bad part of coffee trying to make it when you haven't had any? Save yourself the trouble and use that handy dandy little program button on your coffeemaker. And if you have a Keurig, I'm jealous.
2. Keep a consistent bedtime. If not for everyone, at least for the kids.
I'm naturally a night owl. I like crafting and watching sitcoms well past midnight. But my boys are in bed and asleep between 8:30 and 9:00 (almost) every night. I will be a nightmare to deal with if you mess with my kids' bedtime. Maverick is not a happy riser, so I can definitely tell when his bedtime has been screwed with. Getting him to bed at a consistent, early time makes for much less of a struggle in the morning.
3. Really, REALLY, try not to nag or yell in the morning.
This is a hard one for me. I'm a yeller. I'm not proud, but the first step to overcoming a problem is to admit you have one, right? I hate yelling and nagging at Maverick before he goes to school. I want him to start the day in the most positive manner as possible. So even when I'm about to flip my lid, I make a conscious decision to change my tone. Whispering is scarier anyway.
4. Have breakfast, lunch, and clothes picked out the night before.
Every night as part of our bedtime routine Maverick chooses his breakfast, his lunch, and his clothes. I made lists of all the quick and easy breakfast options and also the lunch options if he wants me to pack his lunch instead of eating at school. His clothes (down to his shoes) get laid out as well. That way, I don't have to think very much in the morning.
5. Have (and stick to) a routine.
This is by far the most important one to me. I made up a little laminated sheet of things Maverick must do in the morning and he has taken to it like a duck to water. It was super easy to create and it's taped at Maverick's eye level to our fridge. He knows what has to be done and by what time and I don't have to say a word. He also knows that if he gets everything done quickly, then he will have time to kill and can watch a little TV before the bus comes. I really believe this is the key to the no nagging. Kids will live up to your expectations and probably exceed them if you give them a chance.
I was going to upload a printable of our routine, but for some reason Scribd is being contrary. So here's a pin instead.
I'm not gonna lie and say our mornings are always smooth. This morning I've already had to practically drag Maverick out of bed. But it does help most mornings. And like I said, I need all the help I can get.
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